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CBP Recommends Travelers to Prepare For Busy Weekend
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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Buffalo, N.Y. is reminding travelers planning trips across the border into the United States to make sure they have the proper documents and to anticipate heavy traffic. During March, the Easter holiday observance and spring break occur during the same timeframe and could result in heavy traffic entering the United States. CBP officials want to remind the traveling public that there are a number of steps that can be taken to facilitate their arrival into the United States.

Travelers are encouraged to prepare for cross-border travel in advance. Travelers can obtain local border traffic conditions by either visiting the CBP Web site to obtain border wait time information for various border crossings. To help facilitate their crossing, individuals should have their documents available before reaching the inspection booth. CBP reminds travelers that since Jan. 31, U.S. and Canadian citizens--both adults and children arriving to the United States from Canada--must carry a document that proves their citizenship.

Those who don't have a stand-alone document such as a passport or NEXUS card must carry a birth certificate (original or copy) plus government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license. U.S. and Canadian children ages 18 and under will only be asked to present proof of citizenship, such as a copy of their birth certificate. Travelers who don't have proof of citizenship may face secondary screening and delays at border stations while their citizenship is verified.

Frequent cross-border travelers are encouraged to participate in the NEXUS alternative inspection program, which allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers arriving from land and sea to proceed with little or no delay by United States and Canadian Border Officials. Application forms are available on the Canadian Border Services Agency Web site. For NEXUS toll free information, (U.S. and Canadian), call 1-866-NEXUS 26 (1-866-639-8726).

In the words of James T. Engleman, CBP director of field operations for Buffalo, "U.S. Customs and Border Protection will staff all available primary lanes commensurate with arriving traffic, and will maintain staffing in those lanes until traffic subsides," he also added, "Travelers are encouraged to factor in sufficient time to cross the border so that they may arrive at their destination on schedule."


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